Get to know the Amazon Rio REDD+ IFM Project

The Amazon Rio REDD IFM Project was structured to prevent the emissions of approximately 3.2 million tons of carbon, directly benefiting over 450 families in an area of 20 thousand hectares of Amazon biodiversity.

The project has a holistic approach and follows a set of goals in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It is a partner of the Amazon Rio: contributing to global climate maintenance by means of activities that prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Replacing selective forest exploitation by means of a biodiversity conservation project; preserving traditional community culture, bringing income and local development.

In this way, carbon credit sales enables projects like this to be developed. Get to know it! 

What is the Amazon Rio REDD+ IFM Project? 

The Amazon Rio REDD + IFM Project consists of a conservation of a four private area mosaic labeled Amazon Rio I, II, III and IV. Together they add up to 20.387 hectares of primary forest, located in the Manicoré municipality in the state of Amazonas. 

The project began in 2012, planned to last 37 years, and eligible for an extension. The main goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by means of mitigated degradation. To attain that goal, the actions developed foresee: forest and biodiversity ecosystem conservation; sustainable social development of the region, including the promotion of eco touring and scientific research, and the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by containing deforestation and forest degradation.

In February 2011, the area was acquired by the Brazilian Forest Conservation Company, which in turn, in order to put the project goals into action made two important decisions: paralyzing the wood extraction ongoing within the project area since 1999 and transforming it into Sustainable Development Private Reserve.

Consequently, it was possible to prevent greenhouse gas emissions and its environmental impacts to the flora and fauna which would be brought on by wood benefit and exploration. In replacement, an alternative soil use project was implemented, with no environmental impacts whatsoever, and involved local communities as agents of the process.

The Amazon Rio REDD IFM Project was structured to prevent the emissions of approximately 3.2 million tons of carbon, directly benefiting over 450 families in an area of 20 thousand hectares of Amazon biodiversity. It’s also important to consider the fact that the local communities use the project areas for their subsistence, by means of forest product extraction, such as nuts, fruits, oils, vines, as well as hunting and fishing.

What are the project impacts? 

The project is still under development, however, it is already possible to notice a few advances. Regarding climate, when ecosystems are in balance, there is greater ecological and social resilience as well as adaptability to shifting conditions. In other words, a protected forest is more suited to endure variations such as a drought or excessive rains.

The estimate is that each year around 86.734,00 (tCO2e) will be reduced. Besides that, with the creation of sustainable conservation units, biological mappings and inventories, the project can protect bird species, the aquatic biome, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

There are other expected impacts to be attained: the end of selective logging, mainly, the copaíba jacaré, garrote, envira cutia, copaíba mari-mari and paricá species, which represent 89% of the wood extracted in the region. The project also seeks out the reduction of commercial fishing of the tambaqui and pirarucu species, as well as the hunting of mammals and birds.

From a social point of view, Amazon IFM has a strong presence among the population in the region. The forest’s wood and non-wood products are used by fifteen riverside communities in the area. Especially in the case of the Brazil nut, where trade relies on support from local corporations.

In other words, the Amazon Rio REDD+ IFM project has the goal of bringing on positive ecological impacts, keeping forests upright a appreciating Amazon conservation.

Besides that, the benefits of such projects go beyond environmental preservation, which also positively impacts communities in the region surrounding the project, and consequently, improvement of the local community.

With these protective activities directed towards extractivism and preservation, the population doesn’t have to migrate to other municipalities in order to attain subsistence and with cooperative assistance, are able to have a livelihood from the forest. 

Do you know how the sale of carbon credits helps the preservation of the Amazon and projects like Amazon Rio REDD + IFM?

Carbon credits or Certified Emission Reduction are certificates issued to a person or company that has reduced its GHG emissions.

Each credit is equivalent to a ton of carbon dioxide and this measure is used to calculate the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and enable its commercialization value. In other words, through a platform, such as Moss, it is possible to establish a carbon market, in which credits are sold to companies or individuals. With this amount, it is possible to help reduce global warming and preserve the Amazon rainforest.

If you are interested in this project and want to help it continue to exist, go to the Moss platform and offset your footprint through the MCO2 Token.

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